Currency

Thai baht (B)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than 1000B

  • Basic guesthouse room: 600–1000B
  • Market/street stall meal: 40–100B
  • Small bottle of beer: 100B
  • Public transport around town: 20–50B

Midrange: 1000–4000B

  • Flashpacker guesthouse or midrange hotel room: 1000–4000B
  • Western lunches and seafood dinner: 150–350B
  • Organised tour or activity: 1000–1500B
  • Motorbike hire: 150–250B

Top end: More than 4000B

  • Boutique hotel room: 4000B
  • Meal at fine-dining restaurant: 350–1000B
  • Private tours: 2000B
  • Car hire: from 800B per day

Bargaining

Thais respect a good haggler. Always let the vendor make the first offer, then ask ‘Can you lower the price?’. This usually results in a discount. Now it’s your turn to make a counter-offer. Always start low, but don’t bargain unless you’re serious about buying. If you’re buying several of an item, you have much more leverage to request and receive a lower price. It helps immeasurably to keep the negotiations relaxed and friendly.

Money

There are banks with ATMs and exchange facilities along all the west-coast beaches.